Ayushmann Khurana
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Ayushmann Khurana: Success is a lousy teacher!

Ayushmann Khurana


New Delhi, March 9 -- After a rollicking start to Bollywood career with Vicky Donor (2012), Ayushmann Khurrana was steaming ahead in full speed until a couple of speed-breakers (Bewakoofiyan and Hawaizaada) slowed him down.

At a crucial juncture in his career, the Chandigarh boy has delivered - critically and commercially - with his latest hit, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, it seems like he's back in the game. "I don't want to be in the game; I am too lazy (smiles). I just want to have my own parallel niche - of an actor-singer. I want to do films that make me happy and my family and my father proud. It's very strenuous to be in the game," he quips.

The 30-year-old actor says that his new film is very important for him. "I am fearless and don't think much when it comes to decision making. Having said that, I feel success is a lousy teacher. Failures teach you a lot. I've matured so much after two unsuccessful films," he says, adding, "I've become immune to success and failure. I've seen a lot of rejections in life. In fact, rejections make me more ambitious towards my goal. Actually, the second schedule of DLKH happened after Bewakoofiyaan and I had become a better actor. Sharat (Kataria, director) was like, 'Is all okay? You are doing shots in just two takes'. I was like, 'Bro, my last film has failed (laughs)'. So failure made me a better actor!"

When asked if he was expecting such immense response for his DLKH, he says, "I had this same feeling during Vicky Donor, too. During the making, we were sure that it will be liked by critics because it's a bit 'off ' commercial and unlike other films from the same production house. It's very real, rooted and earthy. But the kind of audience reaction, even the commercial success we are getting, is just unbelievable. I don't expect much from life. Life gives me surprises. And I love it; that's why I am a happy person." The actor intends to be very careful about his projects now. "Till the time I become a superstar, my script must be superstar," says the actor, who is now preparing for Shoojit Sircar's next.